Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

Watch as SpaceX Launches the First Private Lunar Lander

The Beresheet lander is a joint venture between Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL —one of the participants in the Google Lunar X Prize, which challenged private companies to land spacecraft on the moon without government funds—and Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's largest aerospace and defense company.

Thor Is Going to Be Playing the Hulk

Thor Is Going to Be Playing the Hulk

Thor Is Going to Be Playing the Hulk Chris Hemsworth is set to play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic of the famous wrestler. Well, Chris Hemsworth is set to play Hulk Hogan, The Wandering Earth is coming to Netflix, and Idris Elba is set to host Saturday Night Live .

The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

“In a time of biodiversity declines, including for insects, this rediscovery gives us hope that not all is lost and that we have managed to protect not only an amazing bee, but importantly also the unique habitat that is its, and likely many other rare species', home,” says Cornell University entomologist Corrie Moreau, who wasn’t involved in this new work.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Finally! Climate Science Returns to Capitol Hill

Since 2014, Curry has appeared on Capitol Hill at least a half-dozen times before Republican-held House committees, testifying that the future effects of climate change are both exaggerated and unknowable.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

Pinball in space: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory found jets of particles and energy streaming from a black hole, only to run into a wall of gas and then bounce back toward the region they came from.

Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues

Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues

Tiny Taps Around five years ago, Freese started tossing around ideas for new detector types with Andrzej Drukier , a physicist now at Stockholm University who began his career studying dark matter detection before pivoting to biophysics.

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships Spire A group of apes is called a shrewdness; a group of ferrets is called a business; a group of small satellites is called a constellation.

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here is the rule that I have for a jumping Captain Falcon: Yes, that seems like a crazy model, but when I run it I get the following plot (along with data from the video analysis).

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex- Hearthstone Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game Second Dinner, a studio made up of designers who worked on Blizzard's popular card-based title, will set its debut game in a different (but still well-known) universe of giant, powerful beings.

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the past year, separate teams of researchers have dug up, pulverized and laser-blasted pieces of rock that may contain life dating to 3.7, 3.95 and maybe even 4.28 billion years ago.

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

How to Follow New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule

As the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern puts it: "In the days following the flyby, Ultima Thule's going to become a real thing, then a real thing with a shape, then a real thing with geology." Here's when to expect what:January 1, 7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET: By this time, New Horizons' mission scientists will expect to have heard from the probe about its health and whether the mission was successful.

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime

50 Years Ago, Earthrise Gave Us the View of a Lifetime Bill Anders/NASA Half a century ago, astronauts aboard NASA's Apollo 8 mission become the first humans to leave low Earth orbit, traverse the 240,000 miles separating our planet from its moon, and loop around that natural satellite to look upon its forever-hidden far side (not dark side) with their own eyes.

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds

Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter's Mesmerizing Clouds Take a second with this one. This is Io. This infrared image taken by the Juno spacecraft from some 290,000 miles away, reveals what looks like a bad case of space chicken pox, but those bright spots, all of them, are actually volcanoes.

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

This morning, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocketed two test pilots beyond Earth's boundaries and brought them back safely, in a giant leap toward finally making commercial space tourism a reality.The mission was Virgin Galactic’s fourth powered test flight of VSS Unity, the craft it expects to use to haul wealthy sightseers into space.

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon

Astroscale's first mission, called ELSA-d a cheery acronym that hides the ominous "End-of-Life Service" hidden within it, aims to show that a reaper-style space robot can find lost debris, match a dead satellite’s tumble, and dock.PushersTraditionally, satellites have thrusters that push them to the orbits they need, keep them there, and then (assuming the gas gauge doesn't read "empty") send them shooting down to Earth when the time comes.

Holy Water Reflections

Holy Water Reflections

We cannot see the earth as something that God gave to us to use up and throw away, but rather, we must view it as God’s earth, handed to us in sacred trust, meant to be cared for and offered back to Him. In 1991, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed to the throne of the Church of Constantinople and became the global leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

Here's a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

She argues that if women were treated more equally professionally, they’d have fewer kids and the land they farm would be more efficient, all of which would help save the planet.“Women are the primary farmers of the world,” Wilkinson says.

What Would It Take to Shoot a Cannonball Into Orbit?

What Would It Take to Shoot a Cannonball Into Orbit?

The motion of a ball falling on the surface of the Earth is caused by the same interaction as the moon orbiting the Earth. In particular, I want to know the height of the mountain and I want to check the trajectory of the cannon ball paths.

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

The View From the Control Room: How InSight Landed on Mars

As the final hours ticked by before InSight breached Mars’s atmosphere and headed to the surface, there was not much to do except wait, and worry.Engineers had sent the landing sequence commands to the spacecraft days ago, where they now sat onboard like little bombs, waiting for the proper time to execute themselves.

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

Kaikōura earthquake provides world-first insight into submarine canyons

“This study unequivocally demonstrates that earthquake-triggered canyon flushing is the primary process that carves out submarine canyons and delivers coastal sediment to the deep ocean,” says NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy.

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

An Equator Full of Hurricanes Shows a Preview of End Times

It’s the sign of a planet in the throes of change, and those changes don’t look good for the future.Humans are used to the idea of some parts of their homeworld being all but uninhabitable.

New Satellite's Lasers Will Track Tiny Changes in Polar Ice

New Satellite's Lasers Will Track Tiny Changes in Polar Ice

Once it settles into orbit 310 miles above the Earth, the satellite will start collecting data using a specially designed laser device that will give scientists more data about exactly where ice is melting and how fast.The NASA satellite will scan the Earth’s surface using six green laser beams to measure glaciers and floating sea ice.

New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’

New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’

TrilobitesNew Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’A high resolution terrain map of Earth’s frozen continent will help researchers better track changes on the ice as the planet warms.The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica in a new map made with satellites operated by a Department of Defense agency.National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyYou may never make it to the South Pole, but you can now see Antarctica and its glaciers in unprecedented detail.

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

However, I want to start with the simplest case of an object falling near the surface of the Earth that has a negligible air resistance force.

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